While 3B has some solid prospects, 1B is the weakest position in the Mets farm system. David Wright …
Overview of Middle Infield Prospects
Long Season Teams Jose Reyes (SS) is the jewel of the Mets farm system. Enrique Cruz (SS), the next highest ceiling middle infield prospect, was lost to the Rule 5 draft to the Milwalkee Brewers. Chris Basak (SS) finished strong at AA and should develop into a solid MLB player. He possesses solid fundamentals and handles the bat well. Corey Ragsdale (SS) has great tools but a shaky bat at his time. He has excellent speed and projects to hit for power. The Mets are converting him to a switch hitter. Robert McIntyre (SS) also has great tools. Second base is in the solid hands of Daniel Garcia (2B) and Joseph Jiannetti (2B). Garcia is very polished and should develop into a solid player. Jiannetti has the better ceiling, and projects to be have solid power for a middle infielder (15HR -18 HR). Blake Whealy (2B) had a solid debut at Brooklyn and is worth keeping an eye on. Short Season Teams The strength of the short season teams are likely to be 2 imports from the Mets' Dominican Summer League - Wilson Medina (SS) and Frederico Baez (2B). Both substantially improved plate discipline in 2002 from the previous season and demonstrated solid gap power necessary to become good top of the order hitters. Marcos Cabral (SS) is the Mets top draft and follow prospect. He was considered among the top 100 HS players in 2002. He's an athletic, slap hitter who plays great defense. He is attending Broward Junior College. Norfolk Tides - The Tides might need a backup MI should Reyes and Johnson make the big team. Player (Position) Age Stats (BA, HR, RBI) Comments Jose Reyes# (SS) 19 (.287, 8, 62)& Top prospect. What can be said that hasn't been said already. Great defense, led the minors with 19 triples. Jorge Velandia (SS) 28 (.201, 6, 37) Career minor leaguer. Great defensive player. Showed a bit of power for the first time. Marco Scutaro (2B) 27 (.319, 7, 28) Some talent, but he's a bench player. Inability to play SS well is a limitation. Russ Johnson (3B/2B) 30 - Will compete for bench role with the Mets. Had only 76 AB in minors. (.216, 1, 12) in 111 AB with Devil Rays. Missed 51 games due to both physical and personal reasons. Binghamton Mets Player (Position) Age Stats (BA, HR, RBI) Comments Chris Basak (SS) 24 (.249, 4, 40)& Should begin season at AA, but eventually promoted. Back up, but could eventually emerge as MLB starter at SS. Good defense, and bat speed. Solid fundamentals. Brian Shipp (2B) 24 (.227, 8, 49) Marginal prospect. Really good defense, speed and some power. But really poor plate discipline. Danny Garcia (2B) 22 (.273, 4, 52) Solid prospect at 2B. Should be eventually start at 2B, but will begin career as an utility player. Hard worker with good fundamentals. XBA of .099. Great plate discipline (77 K/53 BB). Gil Velazquez (SS) 23 (.206, 0, 22) Not a prospect. St. Lucie Mets - the Mets generally carry more than 25 players on this roster earlier because their extended spring training camps are held here, so the extra players can get additional work at the camp. Player (Position) Age Stats (BA, HR, RBI) Comments Robert McIntyre (SS) 22 (.252, 5, 50) Excellent tools, but has yet to convert tools to usable baseball skills. Poor plate discipline (102 K/16 BB). Sean Pittman# (SS) 23 (.251, 1, 20)& Marginal prospect. Not a lot of experience. Made solid jump to high A from Rookie league. Joseph Jiannetti (2B) 21 (.254, 9, 36)& Solid prospect. Converted in 2002 to 2B. Plagued by minor injuries. Tough hard nosed player. Matt Galante (2B) 24 (.282, 0, 19) Son of Mets 3B coach. Marginal prospect at best. Capital City Bombers Player (Position) Age Stats (BA, HR, RBI) Comments Corey Ragsdale# (SS) 20 - Toolsy player with a raw bat. The Mets are converting him to a switch hitter to take advantage of his speed. Projects to eventually hit for power. Blake Whealy (2B/3B/OF) 22 (.289, 10, 34) Attended Evansville Univ., and might be a little slow to develop. Aggressive, hard nosed type of player. Has a nice mix of power and speed, but needs to improve his contact. David Bacani (2B) 23 (.262, 1, 36) Hard-nosed player was a collegiate teammate of Brett Kay. Super Joe McEwing type of player. Great plate discipline (48 K/52 BB). Hard to consider him more than a marginal prospect. Yllish Soto (SS) 24 (.279, 2, 12) Good plate discipline. Not a prospect. Brooklyn Cyclones - also expect June 2003 players drafted out of college to be on the roster. Player (Repertoire) Age Stats (W-L, ERA, IP) Comments Chase Lambin# (SS) 23 (.279, 6, 27) Marginal prospect. Dave Housel# (2B/SS) 21 (.248, 1, 7) Not a prospect. Kingsport Mets - the roster will be made up of draftees, draft and follows and Latin summer league players. The list includes players from the Latin Summer Leagues. Player (Repertoire) Age Stats (W-L, ERA, IP) Comments Wilson Medina# (SS) 19 (.302, 2, 31) Finished in the top 5 in SB, BA, R in SD west division of DSL. Good plate discipline (25 K/24 BB). Had a 71.4% SB success rate (20 of 28). Frederico Baez (2B) - (.288, 3, 23) Was in the top 10 in BA and top 5 in triples. Good plate discipline (41 K/32 BB). Was hit 15 times. Had a 75% SB success rate (15 of 20). · * left-handed hitter · # switch hitter · & summary stats from 2 or more teams. · age as of 4/3/03. Do you have an opinion on the Mets? Be sure to let us know on the message board. NYfansonly.com is always looking for die-hard Mets fans who would like to be writers for the site. Click here to learn more on how to become a Mets beat writer for NYfansonly.com.
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